The early furnishings of what is known today as Quebec were largely patterned after the prevailing styles in France as they progressed from the early 1700s through to the mid-1800s. As the colony matured, domestic preferences were incorporated into many objects. The diamond point motif, for instance, maintained its popularity for almost a century, long after its time had passed in France. Another important influence was the abundance of types of wood not commonly available in France. For example, white pine — with its clear grain and easy workability — was ideally suited for the manufacture of chests and armoires.